Top 6 reasons why your hospital needs iPads for patient registration

Patients universally agree that filling out paper registration forms can be frustrating, time consuming and repetitive.

When patients are feeling ill or are simply ready to be seen, they want the quickest, most efficient way to input information necessary for their visit.

Paper registration forms can be frustrating for hospital staff, too. Making sure they're filled out completely, scanning them, manually entering the data into the EMR ... dealing with these types of forms is a time and labor-intensive process that's prone to error and takes valuable time away from patients. So why are we still using paper forms, especially when there's a better way?

Here are the top 6 reasons why your hospital needs iPads for Patient Registration.

Reason #1: Better patient care.
Using iPads for registration and consents means you can put down the paper and focus on patients. Plus, you can instantly access the exact forms you need with the click of a button; and better patient care and engagement equals better HCAHPS scores!

Reason #2: Compliance.
There's a lot riding on making sure every form is filled out completely and correctly, including the start of the revenue cycle and liability issues regarding consents. iPads make compliance issues simple by color-coding required fields, automatically flagging omissions and understanding when a form has been completed.

Reason #3: Increased security.
Critical personal information written on paper forms is not the most secure system. iPads capture and send important patient data straight to the EMR, leaving nothing to be lost or stolen.

Reason #4: Cost Savings.
You may not realize that technology can be more economical than paper. An iPad can reduce your registration costs significantly through...

• Automation of manual tasks
• Increased staff productivity
• Faster flow of data through hospital systems
• Better security (breaches are costly)

Reason #5: Time Savings.
Scanning, barcoding and data entry consume a lot of your time when using paper forms. iPads eliminate them all (along with data entry errors). Plus, you can instantly access the exact forms you need with the click of a button.

Reason #6: Satisfaction. Everyone's.
Using iPad technology makes registration simpler and easier. Hospital staff are happy because iPads are easy to use, accessing forms and capturing consents is a breeze, and patient data is instantly accessible.

Patients are happier because it's quicker and easier to fill out required paperwork, which means more quality time with hospital staff.

It's a win/win all around!

Chris Joyce is Director of Healthcare Solutions with Bottomline Technologies where he defines and executes the product strategy which is aligned with customer and partner initiatives. He has over 17 years of experience in healthcare, forms automation, and patient registration. Prior to joining Bottomline, Chris founded Logical Progression, a healthcare technology company that focused on tablet-based mobile documentation software for hospitals and clinical trials. Chris enjoys applying technology to improve the patient and clinician experience and help organizations more easily adoption electronic medical records.

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